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A charity fun run at Park House Stables in Kingsclere raised a total of £3,350 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 2km run was organised by pupils at Cheam School, Headley, and more than 150 runners took part, which included a mixture of old and current pupils.

The event was created to thank Huw Powell, a teacher working in the sports department, who departed the school during the coronavirus pandemic to look after his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Mr Pugsley, Mr Powell (Middle) and Mr Watt (53926738)
Mr Pugsley, Mr Powell (Middle) and Mr Watt (53926738)

All the pupils felt he was too special to let this go, so they organised the run with his support and everyone ran in their nominated school house colour.

Although this was set out to be uncompetitive, the race was impressively won by William Chipchase, of East End.

After the event, all the runners were given hot dogs, while spectators warmed up with some mulled wine.

Children take part in the charity run.
Children take part in the charity run.

As the event drew to a close, Molly Jones took to the podium and presented a cheque of £3,350 for Mr Powell to pass on to the charity.

“The amount raised was simply staggering and will be a huge help to the local charity,” said Mr Powell.

“What you all did for me is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

“It proves how special the Cheam community is and I hope we can keep in touch.”

Winner William Chipchase crosses the line.
Winner William Chipchase crosses the line.
Charity Run (53926730)
Charity Run (53926730)


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